And the Golden Globe Movie Nominees Are…

The Golden Globe nominations are in and the contenders are...

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George Clooney stars in <i>Up in the Air</i>.
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James Cameron got a Best Director nod for his ridiculously long-awaited sci-fi epic <I>Avatar</I>, which was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Original Song. Tune in to NBC at 8pm EST on January 17 to see who wins!
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<I>Up in the Air</I>'s preordained awards season dominance got off to a fine start with six nods, for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor, George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress nods for Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay noms for Jason Reitman.
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Kathryn Bigelow will square off against ex-husband James Cameron for Best Director, and her film <I>The Hurt Locker</I>, starring Jeremy Renner is also in the running for Best Screenplay.
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<I>Inglorious Basterds</I>, director Quentin Tarantino's WW II revenge porn fantasy starring Eli Roth and Brad pitt, was nominated for Best Drama, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and Christopher Waltz was recognized as Best Supporting Actor.
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<I>Precious</I> was recognized in the Best Drama field, and earned nominations for breakout star Gabourey Sadibe, above, as Best Actress – Drama.
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... and Mo-Nique as Best Supporting Actress.
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Joseph Gordon Levitt was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, for his role opposite Zooey Deschanel in <I> (500) Days of Summer</I>, which itself was recognized in the Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy category.
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Easily the funniest movie of the year, <I>The Hangover</I> took its rightful place among the Best Musical or Comedy nominees. Whether it will win is another question.
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<I>It's Complicated</I> was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical, Best Screenplay and earned Meryl Streep one of her two nominations for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
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Streep's other nomination was for her turn as Julia Child in <I>Julie & Julia</I>.
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It was a big year for Sandra Bullock, who was nominated Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for <I>The Blind Side</I>.
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Bullock was also nominated in a Musical or Comedy for <i>The Proposal</i>.
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<I>The Lovely Bones,</I> based on Alice Sebold's 2002 novel, earned Stanley Tucci a nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
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Everybody loves a musical at awards season, and <I>Nine</I> cleaned up, earning nominations for Daniel Day Lewis and Marion Cotillard as Best Actor and Actress --Comedy, Best Supporting Actress for Penelope Cruz, Best Film -- Comedy or Musical, and <I>Cinema Italiano, </I> picked up a nod for a Best Song.
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Tobey Maguire picked up a Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama for <I>Brothers</I>, about an Iraq War vets troubled homecoming. U2 also was nominated for Best Original Song for <I>Winter. </I>
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Jeff Bridges' hard-drinking role in <I>Crazy Heart</I> was recognized among the Best Actor -- Drama field, and the theme song from the film, Ryan Bingham's <I>The Weary Kind, </I> got a Best Song nod.
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For her role in <I>An Education</I> as a precocious London teen who gets swept of her feet by a much older man, Carey Mulligan was nominated as Best Actress in a Drama. Peter Sarsgaard's performance as the cad in question was grossly overlooked.
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Emily Blunt was nominated for Best Actress - Drama for <i>The Young Victoria.</i>
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Christopher Plummer received a nod for his supporting role in <i>The Last Station</i>.
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Matt Damon joined the double-nominee party with his role a whistleblower in <I>The Informant</I> earning him a Best Actor – Musical or Comedy nod ...
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and a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role in <I>Invictus</I>.
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<I>Invictus</I> also earned nods for Morgan Freeman, who, sight unseen, is a slam dunk to win Best Actor in a Drama and ...
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Clint Eastwood for Best Director. Despite three major nominations, it was overlooked for Best Picture.
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Helen Mirren's turn as Leon Trotsky's wife in <i>The Last Station</i> eanred her a Best Actress -- Drama nod and co-star Chrostopher Plummer a Best Supproting Actor nomaination.
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Robert Downey Jr.'s performance in the title role of <I>Sherlock Holmes</I> earned him a nomination as Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.
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<I>A Single Man</I>, the directorial debut from fashion maven Tom Ford, earned star Colin Firth a Best Actor – Drama, as well as recognition for Julianne Moore as Best Supporting Actress and Abel Krozeniowski for Best Original Score.
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<i>The Messenger</i>, the other Iraq War movie in the field, picked up a Best Supporting Actor nom for Woody Harrelson, as a man who must inform families of fallen soldiers.
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Despite being a critical and commercial disappointment, <I>Duplicity</I> earned Julia Roberts a nomination as Best Actress -- Musical or Comedy.
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The year's come-from-nowhere, surprise hit was <I>District Nine</I>, from executive producer Peter Jackson, earned a Best Screenplay nomination.
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Michael Stuhlbarg was great in the Coen Brothers' <I>A Serious Man,</I>, as a Jewish man in the Midwestern suburbs of the early '60s who is struggling with his faith, earning himself a Best Actor -- Comedy or Musical nod.
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Disney's race-barrier breaking <I>The Princess and the Frog</I> was nominated as Best Animated Feature Film, going up against …
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<I>Coraline</I>, from the mind of Neil Gaiman and voiced by Dakota Fanning,
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Wes Anderson's <I>The Fantastic Mr. Fox</I>, from the Roald Dahl novel of the same name and featuring the voice of George Clooney,
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<I>Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs</I>, the gripping saga of a lip-smacking meteorological event …
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And Pixar's <I>Up</I>, a truly great film that was arguably snubbed for Best Picture overall.
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